2024 AAPI Symposium at SMU


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This annual symposium explores issues, concerns, and research findings pertinent to Asian, Asian American, and Pacific Islanders in higher education through multidisciplinary lenses. Our goal is to create a better understanding of issues affecting the AAPI community on college campuses as well as promote inclusion, empowerment, and solidarity among AAPI and allies.

This year’s theme is community building and resilience. The event will explore core questions such as:

  1. How can AAPI and other ethnic community leaders cope with emotional exhaustion or the feeling of burnout when advocating for civil justice for their communities?
  2. What are best practices for building solidarity among different ethnic communities on college campuses?
  3. What is the role of community resilience in rising above racism and ensuring the wellbeing of AAPI and other ethnic community members?
  4. What actions are potentially needed to enhance the positive experiences and mental health of AAPI students, faculty, and staff on college campuses?

Program Highlights

Through dynamic presentations, thought-provoking discussions, and interactive workshops, the participants will…

  • Learn how to bounce back from adversity.
  • Dive into deep conversations about partnerships among ethnic communities.
  • Examine proactive inclusion and cultural intelligence practices.
  • Explore innovative inclusive pedagogy, and
  • Enjoy poetry in the park.

This symposium is organized by the SMU DCII Asian Studies and Asian American Experiences (ASAAE) Research Cluster in partnership with the Association of Asian and Pacific American Scholars and Allies (AAPI faculty and staff affinity group at SMU) and Asian Council (the umbrella organization for all AAPI student clubs at SMU). Our main sponsors are the SMU Dedman College Interdisciplinary Institute (DCII) and the SMU Office of Diversity and Inclusion.

The event is part of the AAPI Heritage Month celebration at SMU and is open to all faculty, staff, students, and the public.  

Keynote Presenter

Michele M. Tugade, Ph.D.
William R. Kenan, Jr. Endowed Chair
and Professor of Psychological Science, Vassar College

Bouncing Back Stronger: Exploring the Dynamics of Resilience to Thrive in Challenging Times


Frances Anne Moody Hall
(New Moody Graduate School Building)
Southern Methodist University
6404 Airline Rd., Dallas, TX 75205
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*Speakers expressed their own views and not necessarily the views of the DCII or SMU.